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President Donald Trump faced bipartisan backlash upon announcing that the United States would be abandoning its Kurdish allies in Northern Syria after the Kurd's fought in place of Americans against ISIS. The United States had provided Syrian Kurds protection from a Turkish invasion and certain ethnic cleansing.

Days after Trump made the announcement, Turkey began an aggressive invasion into the region.

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If an expert told you that your power rates were going way up, but your energy bills would go down such that you’d end up paying less than before, would you be more interested in renewable energy?

It’s more than an academic question; it’s the story being told in many countries throughout Europe, countries that are making a concerted effort to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by switching to renewables.

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On Thursday morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed President Barack Obama for a 90 minute panel discussion at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate as tens of thousands of cheering Germans looked on. It was a warm reunion for two former partners on the world stage.

That same afternoon, Merkel traveled to Brussels for a meeting of NATO member states, where she met with fellow European leaders as well as President Donald Trump during his first foreign trip. The visit was marked by a scolding speech by Trump, which was received cooly, if not mockingly, by the gathered European leaders.

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By Jay Kuo

Ian Bremmer is an author and the president of Eurasia Group, a leading global organization providing insight and analyses regarding  political, geostrategic and economic challenges around the world. Bremmer’s social media reaches thousands who follow his influential point of view on global issues. We reached him while he was traveling from the U.S. to Africa and Europe and managed to pick his brain on a variety of subjects, which have come further into play due to recent policy changes and shake-ups in Washington.

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Trump's presidency is likely to face its first Eurozone test within a few months with an imminent default by Greece on its outstanding obligations. But unlike President Obama, Trump seems to have no plan on how to control the current financial turmoil, which could prove more severe than in 2010-11, when several European economies were deemed unreliable by the financial markets.

Back then, as the European Union leaders themselves later admitted, the Obama administration played a crucial role in ensuring the stability of the Eurozone. In 2010, financial markets considered certain Eurozone economies such as Greece financially unstable and refused to provide them with new loans. The White House adopted a stance of interconnectedness between the economies on the two sides of the Atlantic, arguing it would have been impossible for the American economy to return to prosperity and growth after the financial crisis 2008 had Europe allowed economies to default. The U.S. addressed this uncertainty with its most powerful instrument: the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF's active involvement in European rescues meant that many countries, such as Greece, became indirectly supported by the U.S.

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The least populated country in the European Union has its eyes on space. Luxembourg, a country with only 465,000 inhabitants, announced that the country will be making a big investment in asteroid mining.

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